Columbus, OH (PRWEB) July 17, 2012
There are 311 million people in the U.S. and every year 1.6 million are diagnosed with cancer, which is an incidence rate of 0.5%. There are roughly 78 million dogs in the U.S. and it’s estimated that 6 million are diagnosed with cancer every year, which is an incidence rate of 7.5%, or 15 times higher than in humans.
“Canine cancer is all too common and we want to be a part of the solution," says Nick Braun, CEO of PetInsuranceQuotes.com. “We’re working with the National Canine Cancer Foundation to help raise awareness and combat this deadly disease. We will be making a donation for each pet insurance quote submitted on our site through November, which is National Canine Cancer Awareness Month."
According the National Canine Cancer Foundation, cancer affects 1 out of every 3 dogs, and of those, over half will die from the disease. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10 and fifty percent of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point.
“Pet insurance is a key component to fighting canine cancer because it provides pet owners the financial means to pay for expensive treatments,” explained Chris Pike, VP of Marketing and Promotions at the National Canine Cancer Foundation. “Pet insurance allows veterinary professionals to focus on providing the best care when dogs are faced with a cancer diagnosis.”
There are many effective treatment options currently available, however, the issue many pet owners and veterinarians face is that these treatments can be extremely expensive depending on the type of cancer and the stage of the disease. Here is a sample of available treatments and associated costs:
Diagnosis and Evaluation - Between $200 to $1,000 for the diagnosis and evaluation of your dog. New diagnostic tools allow for early detection of many types of canine cancer.
Surgery - Tumor removal may cost more than $1,500 but more complex surgeries like bone marrow transplants for dogs with lymphoma can reach $10,000 to $15,000.
Chemotherapy – Up to $2,000 for 3-6 months of treatment, many dog need multiple rounds of chemo treatment.
Radiation Therapy – Typically $2,000 to $6,000, radiation therapy is only available in about 40 facilities throughout the country.
Medications – Pain medications usually range between $25 to $50 per month while antibiotics start at around $30 to $50 per month.
Depending on the type of cancer the total cost of treatment can range from $1,000 to over $20,000. Pike himself has personal experience with how costly cancer treatment can be when you don’t have pet insurance. He spent over $13,000 on cancer treatments when his family was hit with cancer back-to-back.
"Survivor Stories on Wearethecure.org continue to grow as new treatments and diagnostic tools become available. Success stories become more and more common as owners with pet insurance gain access and the means to provide these treatments to their pets battling cancer. In many cases without insurance that decision is made for them."
Founded in 2011 and launched in 2012, PetInsuranceQuotes.com offers real-time pet insurance quotes from all the top pet insurance companies in the U.S. The PIQ Matrix provides visitors with tools and information to compare companies side-by-side. The site also provides in-depth profiles, information and links to help educate pet owners about the value of pet insurance.
About the National Canine Cancer Foundation
The National Canine Cancer Foundation is a nationwide, contribution funded, 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to eliminating Cancer as a major health issue in dogs by funding grants directly to Cancer researchers who are working to save lives, find cures, better treatments and accurate, cost effective diagnostic methods in dealing with canine Cancer.